Good Shepherd Entertainment and Ice Code Games have announced that Hard West 2, the supernatural sequel to the turn-based strategy game played by over half a million people, has entered open beta via Steam on PC.

The beta, which will run until June 5, 2022, features a small snippet of the game's full campaign and showcases some of the special abilities the characters will gain on their thrilling journey through the Dark Heart of the West.

Hard West 2: Bravado system added to the game

Enemies are destroyed by special abilities like Gin's Shadow Barrage - an attack that ignores cover and can hit multiple enemies. Add to that Flynn's Shadow Swap, which lets her switch places with friend or foe; Old Man Bill's Dead Man's Revenge, which can hit anyone in sight and scales based on damage taken; and Laughing Deer's Wild Run, whose damage increases the farther it is from the target.

Players should take advantage of the luck they get from taking damage or missing opponents - this can increase chances of hitting and turn sticky situations to your advantage. If you like, you can acquire new skills and give your troops additional skills or improve existing skills with the ghost deck.

Hard West 2 Features:

  • Conquering the Dark Frontier: When world-class con artist Gin Carter ambushes a legendary "ghost train" in search of gold, he discovers it is being haunted by the devil himself! Now Gin must lead a group of strange outlaws to save his soul in a land ruled by darkness. Players explore the frozen wastes and lawless frontier towns of the Wild West in a desperate battle against the living and undead.
  • The Bravado System: Killing opponents activates the new Bravado state and refills spent action points. Whether from cover, on the offensive or with stylish combo kills in a row - whoever eliminates everyone and everything gets through the Wild West particularly well.  
  • Shootouts in motion: Hard West 2's turn-based combat takes place in dynamically changing environments and keeps the brain as busy as the trigger. From horseback chases to thrilling train robberies, unleash your western fantasy as you push your strategy to the limit.
  • Strengthen the ties: With mysterious playing cards you can improve the poker hands of the gang members. Upgrade with guns, explosives, or just ammo and whiskey to keep everyone in tip-top shape.
  • Unnatural Leader: Players are in charge of a growing troop of armed outlaws, witches and other mysterious beings. Only those who make the right decisions earn more loyalty points and can acquire new skills for those closest to them. Making a bad choice, on the other hand, tests your commitment to the whole cause.
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Undead: Wild West folk tales and the occult meet in a character-driven story expertly voiced by voice actors Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series), Darien Sills-Evans (Days Gone) and Adam Gifford (The Colony). The music is by BAFTA Award winner Jason Graves (Dead Space) and the story is co-written by Origins Award winner and New York Times bestseller Matt Forbeck (Deadlands).

Hard West 2 surpasses its predecessor in every way. The new Bravado system offers a more aggressive approach to tactics and combat, rewarding going on the offensive to prolong the Bravado streak and dish out even more damage. One of the highlights is the gunfights on the move, with dynamic levels set in changing environments to create the action-packed feel of fast-paced horseback chases and thrilling train robbery showdowns.

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